Last week California commercial salmon fishermen rallied at the Salmon Summit (see video) in San Francisco, an event organized to bring attention to the precariousness of salmon populations and commercial fishermen. Commercial salmon fishermen have suffered considerably in the last few years, since poor ocean conditions led to extremely low salmon returns to California tributaries, and resulted in the closure of commercial salmon fishing in 2008 and 2009. The Pacific Fisheries Management Council is expected to announce whether or not there is going to be a commercial fishing season in 2010, when they meet April 10-15 in Portland. Even if there is a 2010 commercial salmon season, all signs point to continued challenges for salmon, and fishermen, in coming years.
Photo source: FISHBIO